Snow Block

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Snow Block
Snow Block.png





Blast resistance






Yes (64)



Data value

dec: 80 hex: 50 bin: 1010000


See Data values

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png No feeling in the world beats waking up on a winter morning and opening the curtains to find out that it snowed overnight. The joy of seeing the world transformed, its colours hidden below a deep, fluffy layer of white, is incomparable to any other experience.
Duncan Geere[1]

Snow[Bedrock and Legacy Console editions only]/Snow blocks[Java Edition only] is a full-sized block of snow.


When broken with a shovel, snow blocks drop snowballs. If mined with a Silk Touch enchanted shovel, snow blocks drop themselves.

Snow Block
Hardness 0.2
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 1
Wooden 0.2
Stone 0.1
Iron 0.05
Diamond 0.05
Golden 0.05
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Unlike snow layers, snow blocks will not melt from higher levels of light under normal circumstances, nor get destroyed by water.

Natural generation[edit]

Full snow blocks only generate in the ice spikes and frozen ocean biomes, and form the walls of igloos in snowy tundra and snowy taiga biomes.

Snow blocks generate in some snowy tundra village houses.‌[upcoming 1.14]


Ingredients Crafting recipe


Snow Golems[edit]

Snow Golem build configuration

Snow blocks are also used to make snow golems by putting 2 snow blocks on top of another and a pumpkin on the top as the head. Note that the pumpkin has to be placed last for this to work. This can be done sideways and upside-down, as well.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Snow Snow Block

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block ID Name

Snow Block

Bedrock Edition:

Block ID Name Numeral ID

snow 80



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.5 Added snow blocks.
v1.0.5_01 A shovel is now required to obtain snowballs.
Snow blocks on top of top snow cover no longer looks unusual.
v1.0.6 Snow blocks now only take 4 snowballs to craft instead of 9.
Destroying snow blocks now yielded 4-6 snowballs, allowing for infinite amounts of snow blocks and snowballs as snow blocks only take 4 snowballs to make.
v1.1.1 Infinite snowball glitch fixed; solid snow blocks now only drop four snowballs.
Java Edition Beta
1.8 ?Snow no longer generates in cold biomes.
Java Edition
?Snow now generates in cold biomes again.
1.3.1 12w22a Inventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing
1.4.2 12w38a Snow was given a new block breaking sound.
1.5 13w05a Crafting recipe for snow cover was added.
1.9 15w43a Snow will now generate as part of igloos.
1.12 17w15a Snow can now be placed correctly on upside-down stairs.
1.13 17w47a The ID has been changed from snow to snow_block.
Renamed to Snow Block.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 80.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.1.0 Added snow blocks.
0.9.0 build 1 Snow blocks will now generate naturally in ice spike biomes.
0.12.1 build 1 Snow is now renewable, and can be used to create golems.
Pocket Edition
1.0 alpha 0.17.0 Snow blocks will now generate as part of igloos.
Bedrock Edition
1.4 beta Snow blocks will now generate naturally in icebergs.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Added snow blocks.


Issues relating to "Snow Block" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Snow may still fall on top of snow blocks, making them look taller than they actually are.
  • When a snow block is on grass, the grass block changes to a different "snowy" texture as if a snow layer is on it.
    • However, since snow is not transparent to light, the grass will change to dirt shortly after.
  • There is code to make snow blocks melt, but since they are solid blocks they cannot be lit enough for this to occur (barring certain lighting glitches) (see MC-88097 for more information)
  • A texture known as "fluff.png" exists in files from the survival tests onward, that resembles snow. However, this was before snow was added, so this texture went unused.

See also[edit]


  1. "Block of the Week: Snow" –, May 19, 2017